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Florida Hospital and Burnham Institute Announce New Executive Director and Facility for Clinical Research Institute
Date:8/17/2009

The partnership will bridge diabetes and obesity research and treatment

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Florida Hospital and Burnham Institute for Medical Research at Lake Nona have taken another giant step in advancing Orlando as a hub for medical research. Today, officials from Florida Hospital and Burnham Institute came together to announce the appointment of Dr. Steven R. Smith, an internationally-renowned diabetes and obesity researcher, as the new executive director of the Florida Hospital - Burnham Clinical Research Institute that focuses on the study of diabetes, obesity and the metabolic origins of cardiovascular disease.

"Our vision was to recruit a world-class physician and scientist to lead our mission," said Dr. Daniel Kelly, scientific director of Burnham Institute for Medical Research at Lake Nona. "We have found the very best and are delighted that Dr. Smith, who is renowned in both basic science and clinical research, will be directing the new institute."

Florida Hospital and Burnham Institute made a second significant announcement: the construction of a new building to house the clinical research institute. The institute will bring scientists, clinicians and the procedures necessary to facilitate clinical research under one roof.

"Under the leadership of Dr. Smith, we will be working together to conduct translational research, which aims to form a bridge between the research lab and bedside care," said Dr. Kelly. "This means while Florida Hospital will be working directly with the patients, Burnham scientists will be in the lab studying how and why disease processes vary by individuals."

The proposed state-of-the-art, 35,000-square-foot building will serve as the gateway to Florida Hospital's Health Village, which is the area being developed around Florida Hospital Orlando for medical space, residential areas,
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